My display 2017 -
I also setup a village in my sunroom on a table with candles as a backdrop. December 2017
My display 2016
Displays created by others......
Barbara Eslick shared her beautiful village. See what a stunning effect blue lights add to the village. 12/2017
Fran Mumford from Auckland, New Zealand cut her entire village out by hand. She used 1/2 the maple tree as a napkin accent as well. She sent me this description of the process:
Enlarge the templates slightly (by 10%) just to give a little more wiggle space for the very tiny windows
Reverse (mirror) the image so that I can print on the back of card stock and still have the door openings etc positioned on the correct side of the building.
Reduce the thickness and opacity of the dotted lines (to 0.5pt and 30%) so I can still see them to work with, but they don’t show through the cardstock when the tea light is lit
When cutting, I use a steel ruler for the roof edges, so they stay nice and straight and level - but scissors would work equally well if you cut carefully. For shorter edges, windows, flaps, rotunda etc I do those freehand with a scalpel. If you use a ruler for those, it’s too easy to overshoot on the windows and accidentally cut the “bar” that separates it from its neighbour. No-one will notice if one of the window panes isn’t exactly square, but they will if the hole is twice as big!
For the trees, clock face, round church window I did invest in a swivel cutting blade as it makes it easier to do the curved edges. I used a straight blade before I had that and found lots of tiny cuts were best, as too much pressure on the blade to bend it round a curve can cause the blade tip to snap off. Personally, I think anyone attempting to do this by hand would be coming into it with some experience behind them (and equipment) and be aware of safety measures to take - so I don’t think that need be of concern to you.
When assembling, I score along the fold lines first, to make it easier to form edges that are nice and crisp.
Judi Kloock russo of Illinois has been making the buildings each year as they were introduced. She was thrilled to get the hex bases for LEDs because turning the tea lights on and off became a hassle as the village grew.
ChiWei blogged about making her tea light village here. She added silver trees and pine cones to her display.
Kate Himmelsbach completed this mantel display using the Tea Light Village for the 2017 holiday. She shared it on the Silhouette Cameo FUN Project Facebook group.
Bilde Müller of My Creative Hide Out Blog just posted photos of her Tea Light Village using colored LED lights. They slowly change. And this is the first phot0 I have seen using the new (2107) hex boxes for wiring. There are a lot more photos on her blog.
Mary Cox made this beautiful 2017 village with the hex bases for her mom.
Mary Groom of Western Australia made her tea light village and spent time making many trees in a variety of sizes. She added the picket fences in a unique way by wrapping them around the bases. She also noted that she used 3-4 coats of hair lacquer on a few of the more detailed areas (gazebo and rose arbor) to add more stiffness.
Deb Goff recently shared her Tea Light Village in the Cricut Design Space Facebook group. She used color-changing tea lights and this is what she noted about them: "The tea lights I used were purchased from Amazon and they are color changing so it is a lot of fun to watch the village change colors in a very slow non blinking kind of way! It is very peaceful and serene," and she provided a link to the tea lights here.
Kristen Calcagni Johnson has created a beautiful Tea Little Village on a mirror. She has a video of the village posted on her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/kristen.c.johnson.1/videos/1253147454731596/
Gail Kretchman writes, "My daughter, grandson and I made a fun project out of your Christmas Village. " Many have been writing in that this projects works with kids. Nice job Gail, Cathi and Nicholas!
Kami LaRosh Bible added lanterns and a silver cone trees to her display of Tea Light Village
Marieke Lazarus from Austria shared her Advent Calendar made from the Tea Light Village files. She made a stunning display in black with multicolored windows. She displays it on her white piano.
Stephanie Scharsig made this version Tea Light Village recently to give to her grandmother on her 80th birthday.
Margaret Cairns of The UK has taken an entirely different and creative approach to Tea Light Village. As the designer I saw them as simple with reduce detailed. She instead saw them as a canvas for much more. She hs created quite a fairy village with the same files.
Edith Baerten from Belgium has added battery operated string lights and some covering snow to a display of Tea Light Village houses. Notice the wonderful addition of sliced logs as bases.